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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
The Snowing of the Pines
By Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823–1911)
 
SOFTER than silence, stiller than still air,
  Float down from high pine-boughs the slender leaves.
  The forest floor its annual boon receives
  That comes like snowfall, tireless, tranquil, fair.
Gently they glide, gently they clothe the bare        5
  Old rocks with grace. Their fall a mantle weaves
  Of paler yellow than autumnal sheaves
  Or those strange blossoms the witch-hazels wear.
Athwart long aisles the sunbeams pierce their way;
  High up, the crows are gathering for the night;        10
  The delicate needles fill the air; the jay
Takes through their golden mist his radiant flight;
  They fall and fall, till at November’s close
  The snowflakes drop as lightly—snows on snows.
 
 
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